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A Textile Conservator Explains How to Deal With Clothes Moths

March 12, 2019

A Textile Conservator Explains How To Deal With Clothes Moths

If the mere thought of clothes moths fluttering out of your closet strikes terror into your heart, imagine if your…

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I’d Like to Try to Fumigate This Here Sweater: Dealing with Moths, without Pesticides

March 7, 2019

I’d Like To Try To Fumigate This Here Sweater: Dealing With Moths, Without Pesticides

Two things that make modern menswear enthusiasts shudder: bad return policies and moths. The former can be avoided, the latter…

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Why It Doesn’t Seem to Matter That Amazon Will Soon Be the Largest American Clothing Retailer

February 7, 2019

Why It Doesn’t Seem To Matter That Amazon Will Soon Be The Largest American Clothing Retailer

Amazon, the all-seeing eye atop the pyramid of modern American capitalism, made a lot of news last year as it…

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The Joy of Sparking Joy: A Kondo Scale for Clothing Enthusiasts

January 21, 2019

The Joy Of Sparking Joy: A Kondo Scale For Clothing Enthusiasts

The poem from which the fourth movement of Beethoven’s 9th symphony draws (maybe you know it), Friedrich Schiller’s Ode to…

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The Easiest New Year's Eve Get-Up

December 31, 2018

The Easiest New Year’s Eve Get-Up

Parties used to require some pretty remarkable clothes. In 1951, eccentric millionaire Carlos de Beistegui threw a masquerade ball at…

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Loafers Only: A Visit to Florida's Maus and Hoffman

November 15, 2018

Loafers Only: A Visit To Florida’s Maus And Hoffman

Sitting on the beach while on vacation in Naples, Florida, I mentioned to my wife that I hoped to visit…

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Fear and Clothing: Keeping Suede Shoes Clean This Winter

November 12, 2018

Fear And Clothing: Keeping Suede Shoes Clean This Winter

There’s this old story about George Hoby, a famous shoemaker in London who lived during the early 19th century. Supposedly,…

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Halloween Costumes You Can Put Together From Your Closet

October 25, 2018

Halloween Costumes You Can Put Together From Your Closet

Halloween is fast approaching, and while there are those who think the whole costume thing is for kids, chances are…

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Take Me in and Dry the Rain: Weather-proofing Your Leather Shoes

October 4, 2018

Take Me In And Dry The Rain: Weather-proofing Your Leather Shoes

Have you ever marched 10 miles with cold, wet feet? “The ‘poor bloody infantry’ have had to trust their feet…

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Guide to Cleaning Sneakers

July 30, 2018

Guide To Cleaning Sneakers

Summer is in full swing, which means your sneakers are probably getting a good workout. All those hikes, ice cream…

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Getting Rid of That Thrift Store Smell

June 23, 2018

Getting Rid Of That Thrift Store Smell

It’s probably happened to you–browsing thrift store racks, you spy a diamond in the moth-nibbled rough. You grab it before…

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Dressed by the Internet: Social Media Influence and Men’s Clothing

June 1, 2018

Dressed By The Internet: Social Media Influence And Men’s Clothing

Jacob Gallagher in The Wall Street Journal this week describes how social media — specifically Instagram — may be driving…

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Very Early Morning Suit: What to Look for at the Royal Wedding

May 17, 2018

Very Early Morning Suit: What To Look For At The Royal Wedding

Weddings are one of the few remaining occasions where any real dress code applies, and even there, the rules today…

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The Most Practical Impractical Jacket: The Denim Jacket (part 2)

April 12, 2018

The Most Practical Impractical Jacket: The Denim Jacket (part 2)

Yesterday I talked a bit about the different styles of denim jacket that are out there, and what makes a…

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The Most Practical Impractical Jacket: The Denim Jacket (Part One)

April 12, 2018

The Most Practical Impractical Jacket: The Denim Jacket (Part One)

On balance, denim sort of sucks, especially for outerwear. It’s stiff when new and wears out reliably, ripping at stress…

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